Fun Stay At Home Activities
Time to Come in, Bear, by Kim St. Lawrence. A Story of Social Distancing
This video will assist in developing your child’s social emotional development as well as gain skills in processing visual and auditory information. Following the story, you can have a discussion with your children/family about the contents and answer any questions they might have. Keep answers brief and address only their questions. It is not necessary to add in extra info or provide information they might need to think or worry about.
This video is best suited for a variety of age ranges including 6-12 months, 12-24 months, 24-36 months, 3-5 year olds, and 5-8 year olds
The activities below can assist in developing your child’s speech-language and fine motor skills as well as gain social-emotional attachments. By providing tasks in which your child can follow directions, identify colors, request objects and actions gives them an opportunity to develop skills necessary in the classroom and when playing with peers. In addition, spending time with parents and siblings encourages attachment and ability to gain perspective. But mostly it’s a chance to just have fun, be yourself and laugh.
These activities are best suited for a variety of age ranges including 6-12 months, 12-24 months, 24-36 months, 3-5 year olds, and 5-8 year olds
Fill a bowl with water, and let it freeze overnight. Add a few drops of liquid water color if you want to color your ice. Remove the ice from the bowl and place on a tray. Simply shake table salt over the ice and watch the magic happen. Talk about the properties of each item that caused this change of state
Edible Finger Paint
Pour 1 cup of cold water and 1 cup of flour into a pan. Gradually add 3 cups of boiling water to the mix. Stir over heat until it boils. Take off the heat and let it cool. Then divide the mixture into bowls and add food coloring. Store in airtight container for use later. When cool get some paper and paint!
Make jello according to the directions on the box and let kids play in it! Add plastic bugs, frogs, or any plastic toy in your jello before letting it gel in the fridge. Kids love pulling the bugs off and rinsing them off. They also enjoy feeling the squishy jello!
Put paper in a box/box top; put marbles in paint; drop marbles into the box; shake
Tracks in the Snow
Roll cars through paint, roll cars on paper. Same can be done with animal figurines.
Painting and Washing
Paint animals (or any toy) with WASHABLE paint, then give them a “bath” in a tub of water.
Create shapes, letters, designs with painters’ tape on paper (we did the first letters of my kids’ names), paint, take tape off.
Painters tape road: make a road/obstacle course around your house. The child can drive cars or run on the “road”.
Puffy paint: mix equal(ish) parts glue and shaving cream (and a bit of paint if you want color).
Bake to your Heart’s Content
Bake: children enjoy time with a parent in the kitchen. Children of all ages can be helpful in creating either one “dish” or an entire meal. Younger children can dump ingredients in or mix while older children can assist with reading the recipe and measuring out ingredients. Cooking taps into a variety of classroom subjects including: science, math, reading, history, and social skills. Everyone enjoys decorating! And remember sprinkles can go on anything!